Giving every young person the best start in life, whatever their background and wherever they come from, is a mission that unites those of us working in schools. The pupil premium is arguably the one government policy introduced in recent decades that is most aligned to this commitment. Since 2010, it’s helped sharpen the focus on improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged pupils. By recognising the stubborn link between family income and education outcomes, it’s allowed schools to target additional resources at those pupils who need it most.
In 2020, 69% of school leaders said they made use of the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF’s) Teaching and Learning Toolkit when making choices about how best to allocate funds to support their disadvantaged pupils.